Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
The California Board of Education adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with the objective of creating a set of research-based K-12 science standards to support two critical goals:
- Educate all students in science and engineering
- Provide the foundational knowledge for those who will become the next scientists, engineers, technologists, and technicians of the future
NGSS and Mystery Science
Elementary teachers supplement NGSS with the use of Mystery Science. Mystery Science features ready-to-teach multimedia science and STEM lessons for K-4 students. Each lesson begins by posing a question commonly asked by young students, which is followed by a series of brief videos and prompts used to guide class discussion. Through hands-on science and engineering activities, Mystery Science makes science fun to learn
NGSS and Amplify Science for Middle School
Next Generation Science Standards, or NGSS, have been implemented at the middle school level. NGSS are a new set of science standards, adopted by the state of California in 2013, that focus on engaging students in the practices of science and engineering, such as designing solutions, carrying out investigations, and developing models to explain occurrences in the natural world.
California’s preferred model is the integrated model, and it was selected by HBCSD for our middle school program. This means that students in grades 5-8 will learn about physical science, earth science, and life science concepts throughout each year as an integrated study.
Amplify Science is the HBCSD 5-8 grade science curriculum that blends hands-on investigations, literacy-rich activities, and interactive digital tools to empower students to think, read, write, and argue like real scientists and engineers.